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Update from Ron Hays of RON
Monday, May 12,
Wheat Crop Since 1957- Oklahoma Crop Projected at
62.7 Million Bushels by
first estimates for Oklahoma's 2014 wheat crop
were issued today by the U.S. Department of
Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics
Service (NASS). The area for harvest was set at
3.3 million acres, with a yield of 19.0 bushels
per acre deriving a forecast production of 62.7
million bushels. Winter wheat conditions continued
to decline into the first week of May, 2014 with
73 percent falling into the poor to very poor
Nationally, Winter wheat
production is forecast at 1.40 billion bushels,
down 9 percent from 2013. As of May 1, the United
States yield is forecast at 43.1 bushels per acre,
down 4.3 bushels from last year.
Winter production, at 746 million bushels, is up
slightly from a year ago. Soft Red Winter, at 447
million bushels, is down 21 percent from 2013.
White Winter, at 209 million bushels, is down 7
percent from a year ago. Of the White Winter
production, 10.9 million bushels are Hard White
and 198 million bushels are Soft White.
Click here for
the May 2014 Crop production report from
The corn and wheat markets both
fell sharply after the report's release and
commodity broker Tom Leffler said
it is not clear why. He said traders will be
taking a closer look at the reports over the
weekend and Friday's closing numbers could easily
reverse when markets reopen Sunday night. You can
listen to his analysis by clicking here.
lots of key numbers made up the monthly WASDE
report from the Economic Research Service of the
USDA. This report presents USDA's initial
assessment of U.S. and world crop supply and
demand prospects and U.S. prices for 2014/15. Also
presented are the first calendar-year 2015
projections of U.S. livestock, poultry, and dairy
products. Because spring planting is still
underway in the Northern Hemisphere and remains
several months away in the Southern Hemisphere,
these projections are highlytentative. Forecasts
for U.S. winter wheat area, yield, and production
are from the May 9 Crop Production report. For
other U.S. crops, the March 31 Prospective
Plantings report is used for planted acreage.
Methods used to project 2014/15 harvested acreage
and yield are noted in each table.
read more of this story as well as to find a link
to the full WASDE report, please click here.
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Yield Evaporating Each Day Without Rain, Jeff
across southwestern, central and eastern Oklahoma
over the last few days have been a welcome relief,
but they didn't fall where they were needed the
most. That's according to Dr. Jeff
Edwards, Oklahoma State University
Extension Wheat Specialist. He spoke Friday at the
spring crop field day at the Lahoma Research
the crop in other areas of the state, the variety
test plots at Lahoma looked surprisingly good,
Edwards said. With some rainfall in the next two
or three days, the crop in the area could make as
many as 40 or 50 bushels per acre he
"We are an exception to the rule in
how our wheat looks here. In the state as a whole,
it's pretty tough going."
He said the rains
that fell in the last few days, unfortunately,
fell in areas where the wheat crop is largely
gone. We still need some rain desperately here in
north central Oklahoma where we still have some
potential to fill out some grains to save our test
weights and still make some wheat."
Click here to read more or to
listen to my interview with Jeff
Sholar Says Time is Running Out on 2014 Canola
only have the drought and the April 15th freeze
taken their toll on the state's wheat crop, but
they have also hit the canola crop very
Speaking at the winter crop tour in
Lahoma Friday, Dr. Ron Sholar of
the Great Plains Canola Association said producers
are trying to maintain a positive attitude, but it
becomes more difficult with each passing
stayed optimistic and things looked so good coming
out of the winter with good stands. We lost some
plants, but for the most part we looked really
good. We were poised for a really good crop this
year and it's been particularly painful to watch
the drought just continue to take that potential
Sholar said that upon close
inspection the canola crop seems to be holding its
own and may be doing even a little better than the
wheat crop at this point.
doing very well under these conditions. I see a
lot of wheat up here in the Enid area just flat
out dying. It's browning out. I say it's not a
good sign when you can't tell if a wheat field has
been grazed out or not. That's not where you want
to be here in early May or nearly mid May. But the
canola is still hanging in there and we still have
fields setting pods and if we could just get that
rain there's still some potential there, but it's
not what it was."
my conversation with Ron Sholar or more of this
story by clicking
John Collison Says Legislative Session and Right
to Farm Are 'Bogged
legislative session is winding down with about two
weeks to go before adjournment. John
Collison, vice president of public policy
and corporate communications with the Oklahoma
Farm Bureau, said except for the budget process,
the session is pretty well over right now.
"If you watch this process,
everything's kind of bogged down right now,"
Collison said. Everything that we've been working
on all session, everything that the Speaker's been
working on, that the pro-tem's been working on,
the governor's been working on is all kind of
Collison said that he doesn't
really expect much more to come out of this
session other than a budget. He said a monkey
wrench got thrown into the works when Speaker T.W.
Shannon stepped down to run for the U.S. Senate
and Jeff Hickman was left to pick up the pieces.
"He's done a great job, but he wasn't
prepared. He didn't get the opportunity to get
can listen to more from John Collison and also see
the video of our conversation seen Saturday
morning on News9 by clicking here for our
Smokescreen Lifted on Post-Fire Land
are frequently reminded of the devastation that
comes with wildfire. Homes, structures and
livestock are lost, while landowners who rely on
grasslands, shrublands and forests as an
enterprise are left trying to figure out how to
recover the vegetation and habitat.
people don't understand the role of fire in the
ecosystem," said Terry Bidwell,
Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension
rangeland ecology and management specialist. "Fire
has been, and still is, an essential part of
maintaining healthy native grassland, shrubland
and forest ecosystems and has positive impacts."
The proper use of prescribed burning will
lessen the impacts of wildfire, but there are some
management guidelines to follow after a wildfire.
"Following a wildfire, management practices need
to be applied that encourage desired plant
growth," said Bidwell.
can read the rest of this story on our website by
Set for Southwest Oklahoma Seat on Oklahoma Wheat
Oklahoma Wheat Commission will
hold an election to fill the District IV opening.
The election will be held Wednesday, May 14, 2014,
commencing at 1 p.m. at the Cotton County Electric
Community Center; located at 302 N. Broadway,
Walters, Oklahoma. District IV consists of Caddo,
Comanche, Cotton, Greer, Harmon, Jackson, Kiowa
and Tillman counties.
All wheat producers
within District IV boundaries who are actively
engaged in wheat production, have marketed wheat,
and have paid a check-off fee and left that fee
with the Commission for the current year are
eligible to vote. It will be the responsibility of
the producer to prove their eligibility to vote by
providing a dated grain elevator receipt including
the producer's name and amount of wheat sold, and
a driver's license or some other form of
Candidates wishing to run
in the election must be at least 25 years old, a
resident of Oklahoma, engaged in growing wheat in
the state for at least five years and must derive
a substantial portion of his/her income from
Three nominations will be
made at the election, from which the Governor of
Oklahoma will appoint one person to serve a five
year term with the Oklahoma Wheat
The Commission's vacancy
meeting, which is open to the public, will begin
at noon, and the election will begin promptly at 1
p.m. Lunch will be provided at noon by the
Oklahoma Wheat Growers Association.
wheat producer in the district is urged to
participate in this important election. For
further information, contact the OWC office at
(405) 608- 4350.
N That: Ray Sidwell Honored at Lahoma, Rainfall
Skimpy Thru This AM and Wheat, Canola and Ag
in Classroom Pics on Flickr
past Friday- both the Oklahoma Wheat Commission
and the Division of Ag of Oklahoma State
University honored the life and career of the late
Ray Sidwell, who served as
Superintendent of the North Central Ag Research
Station in Lahoma for decades.
Click here for more details and a
picture of the Sidwell receiving the award from
Dr. Mike Woods and the folks at OSU.
you go all the way back to last Thursday morning,
you can see there were some nice rains in Kay
County in the north central part of the station as
well as excellent rainfall in the southeastern
corner of Oklahoma. From the last 24 hours-
Cheyenne wins the prize with just under an inch of
rainfall measured at the local Mesonet
it was not a widespread rainfall that has been
seen to this point- and many areas hoping for an
inch of more are not going to get it this go
Click here for a real time three
day rainfall map from the Mesonet- which gives you
as we write this a look back to Friday morning and
forward to 6 AM Monday morning.
have added some pictures up on
Flickr over the weekend- and that
includes a new album of photos from the Friday
Lahoma Wheat Field Day- click here to check out the
photos from that field day. AND- we also
have some photos from the
Chickasha Wheat Day Tour from
April 25, 2014- click here for that
also added pictures to our Canola 2014 set- these
from the recent El Reno Canola Field
Day- Click here for that set.
it took us awhile- but we FINALLY got the
Ag in the Classroom Pictures from
the Oklahoma Ag Day festivities from earlier this
spring- lots of good looking kiddos and state
officials smiling for the camera. Click here to take a look at
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